Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Goldfinches

I am linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes


My featured bird this week is the American Goldfinch.. The male is a vibrant yellow in the summer and olive color in the winter months. The female is a dull yellow and brighten a little during the summer. They are about 4.3 to 5.5 inches long.

 Their beak is small, conical and pink for most of the year but will turn a bright orange with the spring molt. The Goldfinch eats insects and dines on the seed of the annual plants.


Looks like a cute juvie.. the color on the beak looks a little different..But the juvenile is usually olive-brown in color so maybe this is a first year male?


The song of the  Goldfinch is a mixture of warbles and twitters often with a long note. I hope you enjoyed my Goldfinches..

 I am looking forward to seeing your wild birds. I will be doing a special post tomorrow..my first as a contributor to Birding is fun I hope you can visit me there.

Join in and post your birdies and to see more beautiful and wonderful bird photos please visit:
 Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday and Michelle's  Nature Notes.

Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday and thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes.

Thanks for stopping by and for leaving your nice comments. I always appreciate your visits.
I wish everyone a happy week ahead and Happy Birding!

58 comments:

Pam =) said...

Goldfinches are some of the pretties birds in nature with their beautiful yellow hues and sweet faces.

Great captures Eileen- thanks for sharing.

Carver said...

Wonderful shots of the goldfinches. I haven't seen any here yet but I tend to see them at the end of the summer and in fall when they munch on coneflowers that have gone to seed.

dinascitywildlife.com said...

Nice catch! I just saw my first goldfinch in Atlanta recently.

MJ said...

Beautiful BLOG!! I love wildlife! Oh wow. I am not good at capturing birds and small insects even tho I may try but WOW, you are really good... I enjoyed my visit immensely... thank you.
Glad to be back.. and I will come to visit again...

MJ (formerly of Rocky mountain retreat)

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Eileen I love your Goldfinch males in particular. Thanks for sharing. Margaret

TexWisGirl said...

i love these sweeties!

Digi-Irma said...

Hello Eillen,
Beautiful pictures of this putter, here in the Netherlands see putters are very different.
Regards, Irma

Pondside said...

I really think that I've never, ever seen a goldfinch. Such a pretty bird!

Phil said...

Love your yellow Goldfinches Eileen. Super pictures again.

Chris Rohrer said...

I look forward to your first post:) But I also enjoy checking out your birds here. The finches are such sweet birds in all their wonderful colors. And I like having them at my feeders except we get the Lesser Goldfinches here.

Debbie said...

they are so easy to love! great captures!!

DIMI said...

Hallo Eileen!!!Goldfinches are so beautiful and cute birds!
Wonderful captures!Great shots!!!Thank you for sharing!
Have a lovely week!!!
Dimi...

Karen said...

Beautiful captures of these vibrant little birds!

confusedmind said...

I like to learn about birds!! Beautiful photos and the Goldfinches are so cute!! Thanks for sharing!
Hugs!!

MyMaracas said...

Great photos of this personable little bird. We have quite a few at the feeder this year, and they always lift my spirits.

Betsy Adams said...

One of my favorite little birds, Eileen. They are so pretty--and seem to be such good little birds... They flit in and out of the feeder area all day long.

Hugs,
Betsy

EG CameraGirl said...

I look forward to this time of year when I see them sitting on plants with seeds. They are pretty all year round, actually, bit especially this time of year.

Elaine said...

They're such a pretty bird!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hi .. What a wonderful birds .. How nice to see it .. I love it .. Regards

grammie g said...

HI Eileen...Aren't they wonderful, and how many birds out there can change there colors like they
can!!: )
Very nice!!
Grace

George said...

These are wonderful portraits of the goldfinches. I really like that picture of the 'little one'.

Brian King said...

Gorgeous shots!

Zizi Santos said...

Pássaro maravilhoso!
linda imagem!
bj
Zizi

Gary said...

Love them!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, What cuties those American Goldfinches are! I especially like your picture of the juvenile in the second picture. Have a fabulous Wed. tomorrow!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We have a few on our feeder here now that we're back in Oregon -- and I have taken a few pictures, not nearly as good (I'll keep trying). They are so fun to watch.

SquirrelQueen said...

You got some really great photos of these little cuties. The juvie is adorable, I don't thing I have ever seen one before. I have been seeing goldfinches around the edge of our yard but none up close.

Happyone said...

Love those little birds. I've seen a few flying around the cone flowers here in my yard.

Maria said...

Nice profile of the Goldfinch!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I love the Goldfinches and have many that come to my feeder. They are so fun to watch. I've not seen many lately, tho, so I'm a little worried. Even though we have the kittens running around, I've moved the feeder further away and they had been coming to it regularly. They must have found a new diner! Love your photos!

Sivinden said...

Such colorful and cute creatures!

Carole M. said...

I just love those goldfinches!

diane b said...

They are beautiful but smaller than I imagined.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen,
Lovely and beautiful American Goldfinch. How wonderful you showed us both the adult and sweet juvenile♡♡♡

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

India Heritage Sites said...

Cute little birds! awesome clicks.

Nancy said...

Goldfinch are such sweet birds -- I am fortunate to have them all year. xo

caite said...

great pic..that first one is outstanding..very handsome fellow.

Dan Huber said...

Great post and photos Eileen, have a great day

Terri said...

Beautiful shots!

Hilde said...

Such pretty birds, and beautifully captured :) Love all your photos!

Thanks for your visit and comment.
Hilde :)

Icy BC said...

Beautiful gold finch!

I saw a couple around my area, but they were on the move..

DeniseinVA said...

Marvelous little birds goldfinches and great photos as always. Have a great day Eileen!

Leora said...

Eileen, what a beauty! Precious.

Small City Scenes said...

I like goldfinches too. We are awash with them right now. I even did a Goldfinch post also. MB

Bob Bushell said...

Very beautiful Eileen.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Lovely pictures of your goldfinches. Thanks for commenting on my blog.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

They're so pretty!!! Since living in Texas I've seen only ONE. And this year, I promised myself to get some thistle seed socks.....hopefully I can lure them into my backyard.

i stora drag said...

They are so lovely, both these birds and your photos! I don't think this bird lives in Sweden.

Thanks a lot for your comment, Eileen! Yes, I suppose the blood thinning medicine helps. I have to check the blood quite often now in the beginning and must eat medicine in about a half year.
Greetings Pia

Giga said...

Podziwiam te ptaszki. Ich złote kolory są śliczne. Pozdrawiam.
I admire these birds. Their golden color is beautiful. Yours.

Linda Gross said...

The goldfinch is the bird I see most in our back yard.

Rambling Woods said...

I didn't know about the bill change.... Great photos... Michelle

MandaBurms FarmStay for Cats. said...

As always I love your bird photos you are able to get.
Love Leanne

ZielonaMila said...

Beautiful photos, beautiful bird:) Greetings

Lynne said...

I love seeing the Goldfinches. Today I was cutting some flowers for inside and a little Goldfinch lit on a bush about a foot away from me. I was startled . . . but he was more so when he saw me and then went flitting away . . . Such a bright, brilliant yellow in the Goldfinch.

NatureFootstep said...

Love the colors of this finch. :)

Gunilla Bäck said...

I love the colour of these pretty birds.

Celeste said...

I definitely enjoyed your Goldfinches Eileen, thank you. They are such sweet birds.

kim said...

What excellent shots of lovely birds! Our goldfinches, the introduced European Goldfinch, have very different markings. I like the little black cap on the bird in the top image.

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